At home microneedling: Your need to know guide

Curious about microneedling? We don’t blame you. If one thing’s for sure, the before and after results of the needled derma roller treatment are seriously impressive. In the past you had to go to a clinic to get a needled derma roller treatment, thankfully times have changed. We spoke to Jamie O'Banion, CEO & Co-Founder of Beauty Bioscience and the microneedling GloPRO tool for all the details you need to know.

What it microneedling?

Micro-needling is the process of rolling a device, which looks a looks a lot like a paint roller, that’s covered in hundreds of tiny spikes across the skin. The aim of the game is to cause controlled ‘micro injuries’ in the skin, that in turn trick skin cells into regeneration mode, helping to address several skincare concerns in one go. Cunning, right? You can get microneedling treatments in clinics, but at-home microneedling is less intensive (not to mention painless) and can be performed two to three times per week.

The GloPRO microneedling tool in action with founder Jamie O' Banion.

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What are the benefits of microneedling at home?

Microneedling can help improve the appearance of scarring, acne, wrinkles and even improve pore size and the firmness of your skin. By rolling the needles across your skin, they create micro channels in the dermis, enhancing the absorbency of your skincare products, thus heightening the results. In other words, it gives your skincare products an 'Access All Areas' pass to the deeper levels of the skin, helping the ingredients to work more effectively.

“If you were a gardener, you wouldn’t put your bulbs on the surface of the soil and expect them to do something, but we do that every day with our skincare,” says O’Banion. “It’s not getting to the fibroblasts that produce collagen, because they are deeper within the skin.” In fact, using a microneedling tool can improve a product’s absorbency by 200%, so it can seriously up your skincare game and secure visible results.

Does it hurt?

No. At-home microneedling won’t draw blood or cause pain. The sensation can be prickly on sensitive areas, but it’s a very tolerable treatment. 

How long does it take to see results?

“Immediately, you’ll wake up the next morning and you’ll see it and feel it,” says O’Banion. “If you think about it this way, when you get a paper cut, it heals immediately. Microneedling forces the same response, as it tricks the skin into thinking that it needs to heal and repair.” She recommends microneedling a minute three times per week for 30 days to see the full results. In a clinical trial, they saw the nasal-labial fold (smile lines, to you and us) improve by 30%.

Microneedling for acne and scarring

This kind of treatment is hailed as a miracle solution for acne scarring or breakouts. “The GloPRO tool is my go-to whenever I feel a spot coming on,” says O’Banion. “I roll it over a spot for 20 seconds and the next day, it’s gone.” However, if you have an open wound or picked at a spot it’s best left alone to heal. It’s also important to sanitise your roller to stop the spread of acne bacteria anywhere else on the skin.

And as for scarring? “Microneedling taps into the skin’s response system to make new skin cells,” she explains. As it accelerates skin cell production, it helps to shift stubborn scarring and when paired with a vitamin C serum, it can really help brighten the pigmentation. The same goes for irregular skin texture. The same goes for irregular skin texture. Pairing micro-needling with a retinol product can transform bumpiness into a smooth and clear surface. We’re fans of Beauty Bio’s Core Collection, which has been designed to be used in tandem with their GloPRO tool.

Microneedling for wrinkles and under eyes

Because the treatment kick-starts the skin’s recovery process, it helps to plump skin from the inside out, making crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable with continued use. We like to pair our microneedling treatments with a hyaluronic acid treatment such as Blaq's Hydrogel Eye Mask (which you can get in our Detox Beauty Drawer). They help to further plump out the skin and get the ingredients deeper into the skin where they can get to work.

Microneedling lips

Microneedling can help improve not only the volume of your lips, but it’s also great for the lines around your mouth too. Beauty Bio also have a lip attachment (as well as ones for your face, eyes and body) that is perfect for targeted treatment.

The GloPRO attachement heads for your lips, face, eyes and body.

Microneedling on stretch marks and cellulite

Microneedling isn’t just limited to your face either. You can also use it to refine the skin’s texture on your body too, improving the appearance of stretch marks and even cellulite. “Exercise can only take you so far because cellulite is a skin issue,” explains O’Banion. “There are all kinds of lipids that coagulate in the skin, and it’s the deeper fat that gives you that shadowing effect.” She likens microneedling the skin on your body to when you bake a cake. The sponge is dimply, but when you put the icing on, it’s smooth. It essentially helps to firm the upper layer of the skin, so you get a smooth, even effect. “It helps to break up and firm the upper layer of fat, but also the deeper layer of fat that’s causing the shadowing, so you’re left with a smooth, even surface,” she explains.

Want to know more? Read our review of the Glo Pro tool.